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Tanana River Recreation Access Improvements

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to improve access to the Tanana Lake Recreation Area and to federally-managed lands along the Tanana River. There are significantly more visitors in both summer and winter than the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area amenities can support. The number of visitors is more than double the 100,000 visitors it was designed for in 2007.

The specific needs addressed by the project are:

  1. Indirect and lengthy route to the swim beach and boat launch.

  2. Lack of a central main entrance for site security and user information.

  3. Speeding on Northlake Lane.

  4. Poor visibility caused by dust and blind turns.

  5. Expensive maintenance on the existing gravel road.

  6. Undersized swim beach parking lot.

  7. Lack of ADA compliant parking and access to the swim beach or boat launch.

  8. Lack of secure, clean, and ADA-accessible restrooms.

Overflow parking on Northlake Lane looking east toward Swim Beach Parking Area.

Overflow parking on Northlake Lane looking east toward Swim Beach Parking Area.

Existing swim beach view looking north towards parking lot and chemical toilets.

Existing swim beach view looking north towards parking lot and chemical toilets.

Existing dusty conditions on Northlake Lane.

Existing dusty conditions on Northlake Lane.

Existing winter overflow parking at the non-motorized launch ramp.

Existing winter overflow parking at the non-motorized launch ramp.

The proposed project would:

  • Complete a new and shorter route via South Lathrop Street.
  • Provide a location for a new entrance station.
  • Construct a connection between Northlake Lane and South Lathrop Street.
  • Expand the swim beach parking lot.
  • Pave South Lathrop and the Boat Launch Parking Areas
  • Install ADA-compliant parking and access.
  • Add new restrooms.
  • Extend power into the park and provide electrical outlets for engine block heaters at the launch ramps.

Tanana River Recreation Improvements Overview of Preferred Alternative. 

Existing South Lathrop Street.

Existing South Lathrop Street.

Proposed South Lathrop Street extension.

Proposed South Lathrop Street extension.

Existing area west of Northlake Lane.

Existing area west of Northlake Lane.

Proposed connection between Northlake Lane and South Lathrop Street.

Existing boat launch area, parking, and vault toilet.

Existing boat launch area, parking, and vault restroom.

Proposed boat launch area, parking, and vault toilet.

Proposed boat launch area, parking, and vault restroom.

Existing swim beach and chemical toilets.

Existing swim beach and chemical toilets.

Proposed beach access, ADA parking, and vault restroom.

An example of a seasonal ADA beach access mat.

An example of a seasonal ADA beach access mat.

 

Project Update:

The project team is working toward 70% design plans and preparing applications for environmental permits. Click on the links below to view the Environmental Assessment and its Appendices:

  • Environmental Assessment

Link to documents:

TRRA_EA_062121.signed.pdf

  • Appendix A Tanana Lakes Recreation Area Master Plan

Link to documents:
Appendix A MasterPlan.pdf

  • Appendix B Wetland and Stream Delineation Report for Tanana River Recreation Area Access Improvement Project

Link to documents:
Appendix B Wetlands.pdf

  • Appendix C Biological Resources Report for Tanana River Recreation Area Access Improvement Project

Link to documents:
Appendix C Biological Resources.pdf

  • Appendix D Air Quality Conformity Meeting Summary

Link to documents:
Appendix D Air Quality Conformity.pdf

  • Appendix E Section 4(f) of the Highway Transportation Act of 1966

Link to documents:
Appendix E Net Benefit.pdf

  • Appendix F Tribal Coordination

Link to documents:
Appendix F Tribal Consultations.pdf

Link to documents:

Public Meeting Presentation

Link to documents:

Public Meeting Notes

Finding of No Significant Impact

Link to documents:

FONSI

FONSI Appendix A

Link to documents:

Final EA

Anticipated Timeline

  • Project Kick-off & Preliminary Engineering – Completed Fall 2020
  • Environmental Assessment – Spring/Summer 2021
  • Final Design – Fall/Winter 2021
  • Construction Contract Advertisement – Spring 2022
  • Begin Construction – Summer 2022

Project Team

Brandon Stokes, PE, Contracting Officer Representative
360-619-7813 (office), 360-210-2636 (cell)
brandon.stokes@dot.gov

Paul Kendall, PE, Project Manager
907-561-1011 (office), 907-727-3037 (cell)
PKendall@pndengineers.com

Camden Yehle, Public Involvement Lead
907-346-0506
camden.yehlealaska@gmail.com

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